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Poster: Spuzz Date: Mar 24, 2004 12:48am
Forum: feature_films Subject: A message to Skip:


I can't keep up with all the fabulous obscure movies you've uploaded here!

no seriously, keep up the great work, all of these obscure oddities are FABULOUS! When I first saw the feature films section, I thought it was going to be nothing but time-worn copyright free movies that are availible from every fly by night video company imaginable. But seeing stuff like the amazing Captain Calamity makes me realize you are truly doing something SPECIAL here. Is your mandate to put lesser-known copyright free movies here? Just wondering.


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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Mar 26, 2004 1:41am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: A message to Skip:

Actually the films being uploaded at this point are public domain features from the collection of Charlie Churchman. I've picked a couple of features based on their subject matter or possible popularity.

We hope to have over 500 features online within the next couple of months.


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Poster: IronButt Date: Apr 2, 2004 8:18am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: A message to Skip:

Hey Skip;
First, a big thank you for the work you are doing here, and to whom ever made this collection available.
Can you tell us a little more about the "Charlie Churchman Collection", and what you are doing to get these wonderful old films into digital format?

Is the collection in film or tape?
If tape, are you doing the transfers?
Which mpeg tools are you using?

I hope you don't mind the questions.
Thanks Again

I'm guessing that the films posted at 704x480 are yours, and the few 720x480 are from another source?

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Apr 2, 2004 11:38pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: A message to Skip:

Charlie Churchman runs film transfer house near Philadelphia. Over the years, he's been transferring 16mm and 35mm public domain features to one inch video and Beta SP.

I digitize the video to MPEG-2 with a high-quality MPEG-2 video card (Digital Rapids DRC-500). I edit the files with Womble Multimedia's MPEG-VCR software.

In the future, I'll be doing some of the film to MPEG-2 transfers myself. I have a large collection of educational films that I'd like to get online at some point.